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Yes. It takes us 5 seconds to an hour to actually come up with the fix, the remainder of the month is spent in bureaucratic hell - sitting in a trouble ticket queue, sitting in a verification queue, sitting in a QA manager's inbox, sitting with the communications team. Clearview, if it does what it says on the tin, only addresses the 5 second problem. Any "sane" dev shop would still run the resultant patch through the many cogs and loops of modern software management. You won't get your hole patched any quicker, you'll just have shifted the coders' attention away from your own app's bugs, and onto Clearview's bugs. Net gain: less than zero. Theoretically and conceptually, it's an interesting tool (you know, like Intercal). It just doesn't really fit in the industry, IMHO. [emphasis added]
You're missing the point. This isn't aimed at developers, it's aimed at end users.
Furthermore, the article linked is only talking about the GSM Kindle in the UK. The GSM Kindle I have lets me use web surfing in the US without a problem.
Fundamentally, the issue here is not feature hobbling, it's airtime charges. At this point, Amazon seems to only be using a contract with AT&T for international roaming, which is absurdly expensive. Hopefully, Amazon will forge contracts directly with GSM providers across the globe and be able to afford to enable web surfing and book downloads without a surcharge. Right now a US-based customer can download books overseas, over-the-air for US prices, but has a $2.99 delivery surcharge because of the extra roaming charges Amazon has to pay. (Books can be downloaded to PC and loaded via USB at normal US Kindle prices.)
As it is, lifetime unlimited web surfing over US GSM & CDMA networks for the price of a device purchase is an unheard of bargain and a big profitability risk/experiment for Amazon. To do that worldwide with exorbitant roaming rates is unthinkable.
(Yes, I dislike Amazon's walled garden. Yes, I wish it was more open. Yes, I'm delighted that the Nook came out and is providing competition. But the Kindle was/is still an excellent, ground-breaking device that is setting all kinds of precedents.)
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It's kind of poetic how stupid you come off trying to dis on the global warming people.
1. Pretty much everyone agrees that the term global warming is bad, since what is happening is global climate change, which is very real and a very big problem.
I appreciate how you raised the level of dialogue with a carefully reasoned, logical argument backed up with facts.
I say stick to the status quo until we know we can't.
The problem with that is, what if the "oh we can't stick to the status quo" moment is actually a massive human extinction event? The risk is that the "bullet has already been fired" so to speak. It won't hit for another 50 to 100 years, but it's on the way, and it'll cause damage when it finally does hit.
And that's ultimate irony of the most hysterical proponents of human caused global warming. They believe that we're already irreversibly doomed and that no matter what economic devastation we wreak on the developing world (read: starvation exacerbation), all we will do is the equivalent of attaching a few life vests to the Titanic. So if we were to believe and heed them, what's the point?
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